Alimama Green Chilli Chicken Rice & Prawn Noodle – Maxwell Food Centre’s Ayam Pangang-Style Chicken Lands A Massive Flavour Bomb
Green chilli chicken rice? This was something fairly new to me and while I do enjoy spicy food, the thought of heaping a pile of chilli onto my chicken was a bit of a daunting thought. It was still intriguing nevertheless, so I decided to give it a go and now I can’t quite seem to look at regular plain chicken the same way again.
Alimama Green Chilli Chicken Rice & Prawn Noodle (quite the mouthful there!) opened about a half a year ago in Maxwell Food Centre.
Just like its name suggests, they sell prawn noodles in both dry and soup versions — Big Prawn with Lala Noodle ($5/8) and Big Prawn with Scallop Noodle ($8). They also have Crayfish with Lala Noodle ($10), and a few variations of Pork Ribs Noodle ($5) that come with either prawn ($7), abalone ($7), intestines ($7) or all three ($10).
It doesn’t end there though; the dizzying selection includes grilled options such as Grilled Fish Rice (Nasi Ikan Bakar) ($8), Grilled Prawn King Rice ($8) and even Otak Otak.
The Green Chilli Chicken Rice ($6) was definitely on my list and a unique sight to behold. A handful of fellow diners in the area approached me curiously to ask where I bought this dish from. Alongside the fried chicken thigh that came liberally topped with green chilli, was a mound of fluffy white rice drizzled in curry, a hard-boiled egg and a dollop of sambal chilli.
The freshly fried chicken thigh was pretty big and had a nice, crispy batter. There was zero sign of that “old oil” taste. The meat was beautifully tender and easy enough to wrestle off the bone. Honestly, I would have been satisfied with just the fried chicken alone!
The green chilli wasn’t mind-numbingly spicy but good enough to make my tastebuds tingle . It also had a sour and salty tinge to it that was absolutely addictive. But if you’re looking to turn up the heat, the answer lies in the unassuming sambal chilli. That was the culprit that had me scrambling for my iced milo.
I wanted to try out one more dish from the menu but the number of options clearly had me stumped which means it was time for a recommendation from the friendly stall owner. My final choice was the Grilled Chicken Rice (Nasi Ayam Pangang) ($6). The aroma alone was enough to get my mouth watering.
The charcoal-grilled chicken thigh emitted a smoky fragrance and was wonderfully complemented by a sweet dark sauce, and chopped onions. The only downside was that the meat was a bit tougher here.
The ayam pangang also came with curry rice. I like how it wasn’t completely drenched in the curry so my meal could be a bit more devoted to the chicken. The rice was not at all clumpy and was a good portion.
Both meals came with a side of radish soup. The radish wasn’t chunky but each bite sure packed a punch. While the taste of the vegetable didn’t permeate much into the clear broth itself, the soup was plenty flavourful on its own and a good palate cleanser.
After my experience at Alimama’s, I can confidently say that green chilli chicken rice is one of my new favourite things. In fact, don’t ask me to pick between the two dishes I had today because they were both equally delicious. Now I’m all hyped up to try the prawn noodles next time around!
Alimama Green Chilli Chicken Rice & Prawn Noodle
Address: 1 Kadayanallur St, #01-09, Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
Phone: 8484 3944
Opening Hours: 11am to 8.30pm daily
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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